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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 02-15-2013, 08:50 AM
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:20 AM
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Is this option useful?
I think so. It helps me get close to the curb parking on the street and completely parallel to lines and centered in a parking space .
What it cannot help with (due to camera placement) is to see in front of the vehicle well.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:26 AM
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Yes. I initially didn't use it on my X5, but now I like it in certain parking situations as noted above. It does take some getting used to though.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:27 PM
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Favourite & Best Option...really helps parking. I never use the rear camera. You need to pre-order with the vehicle or cost you BIG$$$ to add on with the Dealer.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:43 PM
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Oh, yes! Like Nike, just do it! It really helps, not only with parking, but it really does let you see all around the vehicle.

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Old 02-15-2013, 06:54 PM
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I use it every day. Really helpful for getting a good parking position in a lot.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:55 PM
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It's an inexpensive option at purchase... not so much after purchase. I wish I had rear a camera.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:16 PM
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Definitely helps with parking and safety with unexpected short family visiting the car (eg dogs).
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:37 AM
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oh, yes! Like nike, just do it! It really helps, not only with parking, but it really does let you see all around the vehicle.

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Old 02-18-2013, 12:08 PM
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It is one of my favorite options, I use it every day. Really useful for parking and avoiding grinding my rims on the curb.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:00 PM
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My wife is going to pick up her X3 next week with top view. Just wondering, what is the easiest way to toggle between top view and rear view, is there a button you can push without going into the i-drive?
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:53 PM
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My wife is going to pick up her X3 next week with top view. Just wondering, what is the easiest way to toggle between top view and rear view, is there a button you can push without going into the i-drive?
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Press PDC button on console, and again to toggle between top and rear views.
Update: Sorry, this was wrong! Press iDrive controller as another guy posted.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:49 PM
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I tap the iDrive to switch between the two views.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:14 AM
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Is this option useful?
We have PDC sensors on the rear on our big F350 truck. My wife loves 'em. Uses 'em to dock with the horse trailer. Definitely an option she wanted on the new X3. When we went in for our test drive to figure out options and colors and such (we already knew we were getting a replacement X3), she saw the camera views and said (just like she said about the pano roof in '05), "I want that!". I started to ask whether she was talking about rear view or top view and she didn't even let me finish, "Both of them!", she said.

Done. Happy wife, happy life. The rear camera is bundled with Park Distance Control for $950 MSRP in 2014. Getting side cameras adds $350. Not a huge change (0.875%) on a vehicle that costs $40K.

Now what I am worried about is that she (or me) will be looking at the camera display and not out the window and run into something the camera can't see. Our new X3 is going to require some serious training time to understand and properly use all the darn gadgets...
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:17 AM
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We have PDC sensors on the rear on our big F350 truck. My wife loves 'em. Uses 'em to dock with the horse trailer. Definitely an option she wanted on the new X3. When we went in for our test drive to figure out options and colors and such (we already knew we were getting a replacement X3), she saw the camera views and said (just like she said about the pano roof in '05), "I want that!". I started to ask whether she was talking about rear view or top view and she didn't even let me finish, "Both of them!", she said.

Done. Happy wife, happy life. The rear camera is bundled with Park Distance Control for $950 MSRP in 2014. Getting side cameras adds $350. Not a huge change (0.875%) on a vehicle that costs $40K.

Now what I am worried about is that she (or me) will be looking at the camera display and not out the window and run into something the camera can't see. Our new X3 is going to require some serious training time to understand and properly use all the darn gadgets...
The camera is only one tool and eyes out the window is another . I use both and go slow when using PDC and/or camera views. I find the top view great for parallel parking and for centering myself perfectly in a parking spot.
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:26 PM
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Press PDC button on console, and again to toggle between top and rear views.
Thanks Noka, does that shut off the PDC if you are in reverse?

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Old 03-17-2013, 04:52 AM
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Press the iDrive button to switch between the two views.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:10 AM
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Press the iDrive button to switch between the two views.
Do you have to go to the side menu and then press the i-drive button?
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:12 AM
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Do you have to go to the side menu and then press the i-drive button?
No, just push down when a camera view is on-screen. Repeat pushes flip back and forth between the Top and Rear views.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:50 AM
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Thanks Noka, does that shut off the PDC if you are in reverse?
I corrected my post. I was wrong. Press iDrive controller as another guy suggested.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:03 PM
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Thanks guys, that sounds easier than pushing that little PDC button.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:05 PM
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Thanks guys, that sounds easier than pushing that little PDC button.
Yeah, pushing the PDC kills the camera view as I just confirmed. Don't know why I thought that but was relying on my memory (which obviously did not server me well ).
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:58 PM
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Thanks for the nice shortcut, 02420X3. I love Top View for parking in my garage, getting my X3 in the middle of the white lines in a parking spot, and for the occasional parallel parking situation. Worth every penny!
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